Oh no! I lost my…?


Every second of the day, throughout the world, this phrase is shouted – followed-up with gut-wrenching nausea and anxiety. It’s actually one of the most overlooked problems we face. It’s just a normal part of life so we’ve excepted it.

No, it’s not your mind that was lost! It’s the stuff that helps us communicate by phone or text, type documents and conduct business, listen to music, peddle to school, store data on, watch shows on, our experience our hobbies with, and everything else that physically gets us through our day. It’s the property we own.

The Japanese have a saying, “Never lost, but found daily”.  But where is it when it’s lost? Who has it, and how do I find it? Well, it can end up in so many places, but it most often ends up in some lost and found hidden behind four walls out of our view to be forgotten, and later donated or destroyed.

How bad can it be? Well, one theater location, not a national theater chain, just one location had 52 devices with dead batteries piled in a box!  That’s about $30k worth of property.

How can one police department property room be filled with thousands of found bicycles, and thousands of other recovered items, which never make it back to their rightful owners? How about the 330,000 lost umbrellas stored on one floor in Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Lost and Found?

So now that we’ve reflected on the amount of property that is lost, stolen, or left behind each day, why does it happen? How can this happen in today’s world of connectivity and technology? It’s called DISCONNECT, and it cost us billions each year.

Disconnect is the beast that gets all of us when we lose something. What I mean is this. Let’s say Sara jumps on the bus in downtown San Francisco and gets off the bus 3 miles down the road. Sara forgot her backpack, or something of value fell out of it. The finder wants to help, and takes Sara’s backpack with them to turn in, but they get off in Fremont and give it to a Fremont police officer, who in-turn, places it into Fremont Police Property.

Sara knows she left it on the bus in San Francisco and calls San Francisco Police, which takes her on a very time consuming and frustrating process that ends in loss. That’s because Sara doesn’t know that the Fremont Police have her backpack and she will never find it. It will later be destroyed.

You feel safe that you have Find My iPhone, or Android’s Find My Phone? Great, but unless you lose your phone in your house, or in a corn field, they don’t work like everyone thinks. First, if someone has your phone that you left at a bar or coffee shop and hasn’t turned it in, then it’s with them on the go.

And even if you narrow it down to a few houses in a neighborhood, the best the police can do is knock on the door and ask if they have a lost phone. And when your phone is turned in and put in a box or on a shelf and the battery dies, say goodbye to Find My iPhone and Find My Phone because they don’t work with dead batteries.

This is why 52 devices with dead batteries are sitting on a shelf in one local movie theater. You don’t think you’ll lose your cell phone?  The more than $30 billion in cell phones that are lost each year begs to differ.

How would you like your phone with a dead battery to find you? How would you like any of your property with a serial or unique identifier number to find you when it’s lost, stolen, or left behind?

What if you lost your USB drive on campus, and the finder could post it to a global lost and found that you could search and find it in less than 60 seconds right from your seat in class. What if you lost your camera while on vacation in Paris and could find it while sitting on your couch at home in California enjoying an espresso?

Or, better yet, what if it found you? What if you were on a 5-mile beach walk, dropped your car keys in the sand, and the finder could reunite you with them in 60 seconds? What if you could find your dog that escaped the backyard to go on an adventure, but is now caged two cities away?

What if you found an iPad and could return it to the rightful owner in seconds without knowing who they are? What if a police officer that’s dispatched to contact a suspicious person who has numerous electronics, and appears to have just stolen a bike, could call you to verify ownership on the items that were just stolen from your car that was in a parking garage, and now you get your property back instead of the thief keeping it?  Well, all of it can happen!

Ever heard of TrackMole? We’ll you should, because they completely break the disconnect between those that lose, have stolen, and leave behind property, and those that find it.

TrackMole’s global cloud database eliminates all aspects of disconnect when property is turned into so many different places. No matter where property is lost and where it’s turned in.

TrackMole empowers Universities, Cities, Police Departments, Airports, and any other businesses that deal with lost and found property to host a free global lost and found so that anyone who loses their property can search for it from any place at any time and quickly find it.

If you think you’ll never lose anything or have something stolen, you’re fooling yourself.

The average person loses items about 2 items a year, and the hundreds of millions of found and recovered items sitting on lost and found selves should make you think twice. If you think you’ll never find someone else’s lost property, think again.

Could-have, Should-have, Would-have, are the famous words spoken by those that lose or have something stolen when police ask for a serial number, the insurance company asks for proof of ownership, or the lost and found that may have your stuff requires you to validate ownership.

TrackMole is free.  It takes less than 60 seconds to create an account, less than 60 seconds to add a piece of property, and you can inventory all of your items with pictures.

Then when your serial numbered property is lost or stolen, you may get a surprising email notification from TrackMole that your property wants to come home.

And if you lose that treasured ring or other valued property and it’s posted on TrackMole, you’ll be able to validate your ownership with a timestamped picture.

TrackMole’s Smart Lost and Found is an empowering free tool for universities to implement, and encourage students to inventory their property to assist campus police in its recovery when lost or stolen.

TrackMole is powered by the safety and reliability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) http:// TrackMole.com

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